News Release 13-014
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Mike Thomas, Yakima Sportsman State Park, (509) 575-2774
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
Civil War re-enactment at Fort Simcoe State Park
May 1, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a history re-enactment of the American Civil War at Fort Simcoe near Yakima this weekend.
The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday, May 4 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Fort Simcoe State Park, 5150 Fort Simcoe Road, White Swan.
History comes to life with re-enactments of American Civil War battles, featuring civilians, infantry, cavalry and cannons, surrounded by the historic Civil War-era military buildings at the park. Saturday’s activities begin at 9 a.m. with a flag-raising. Battles are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday’s calendar includes battles at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cake is served at noon.
The re-enactments are presented by the Washington Civil War Association. To participate in the battle re-enactment or for additional event information, call (509) 969-0125 or visit www.wcwa.net.
Fort Simcoe State Park is a 200-acre day-use heritage park on the Yakama Indian Nation Reservation. Prior to 1850, the park was used as a trade center and campground for various bands of Native American people that now make up the Yakama Indian Nation. The military fort was built in the late 1850s and was in use for three years. In 1859, the military turned the fort over to the Yakama Indian Agency. The fort was then converted to an Indian school, and the Yakama Indian Agency managed its affairs from the site until the early 1900s. The park was established in 1956.
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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013 and invites the public to events throughout the year. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/. Discover Pass provides basic operating support to Washington State Parks. For information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.